Music in the Park 2009

David helping out at Music in the Park '09

David helping out at Music in the Park '09

Yesterday saw the biggest Music in the Park yet held at Whitehead Gardens with eight live performers covering a wide range of musical tastes. Brass band, choir, samba, steel band, folk and rock – there really was something for everyone.

I spent most of the time helping on the bar where as we rapidly ran out of the excellent real ale supplied by Bank Top Brewery we had to make frequent topping up trips!

It is a long day twelve hours from start to finish but it is great to see so many people coing along to join in a real community event. Everyone who attended should thank Geoff and Gill Leach who play a central role in planning the event and pulling it all together. In addition to Gill and Geoff there are dozens of others who all freely give of their time to make this event happen. Thank-you to each and every one!

Christmas Begins

I have really begun to experience the build up to Christmas this weekend. Yesterday Susan had me helping clean/tidy the house and put up one of our Christmas trees ( a task which I do enjoy but seems to take an inordinate amount of time ). Yesterday evening we attended a Cocktail Party held to raise funds in aid of Bury Hospice.

Today after the usual service at church this morming Sue and I went up to the Christmas market at Ramsbottom. It was really busy and there were lots of festive gifts and produce. I particularly enjoyed my cup of soup- Santa’s Chestnut Surprise! I don’t recall that I have ever had chestnut soup before.

This afternoon the Christmas theme continued with the Christingle Service at St. Anne’s. The special service marked the debut of the new Junior Choir. The Nativity Play was excellent with lively modern music.

This evening we have started the task of writing Christmas Cards and I have watched most of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year programme and I was delighted that the boxer Joe Calzaghe won. Even though a member of the Royal Family won it last year and I am an ardent Royalist I thought he should have won last year and I am pleased he has at last won this most deserved award.